Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and a Bistro with a Vue…

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in CBD, Dining, Events, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and a Bistro with a Vue…

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The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival kicked off for another fabulous March on the 2nd of March. For those foodies out there it signifies glorious weeks of tasting gourmet samples, watching master chefs or foodie flicks, attending express bar sessions or my very favorite express lunch series.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

 

The express lunch as a part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has to be a highlight for me. It’s a regional Victorian initiative where some of the states best restaurants fling open their doors for two courses, wine and a caffeine hit for the princely sum of $35. It’s a great way for them to attract new customers and an easy way to get to try some of the more expesive venues without needing to hand over a weeks salary. Not that some of these places aren’t just amazing enough to justify it. And did I mention the included wine? And coffee?

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The list has a good selection of Melbourne CBD and the fringe suburbs with a good sweep of some of the regional greats as well. Most offer Monday to Friday lunches with a handful being kind enough tonextened the offer into the weekend as well. I was devastated to discover MoMo (my aspirational restaurant) was booked out almost immediately but HD and I managed to get a table for lunch this week at Bistro Vue.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

 

Bistro Vue has recently expanded to take over the Vue de Monde premises on Lt Collins (VdM is now in the Rialto) is one of those places that has generated a lot of talk and has been on my must go to list for sometime. The bistro is set out in a lovely French countryside style and spreads over a number of generous rooms. When I arrived I followed my charming waiter through two nearly empty rooms to a packed to the rafters area at the rear of the restaurant. Hello fellow $35 people who lunch.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The table, tucked in the very back corner by the window, was charmingly set with butter that looked delicious, charmingly quirky floral plates and heavy cutlery.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

 

As part of the deal there was a set menu featuring a starter (forgive me for forgetting what this was) a main of Lamb I think and a dessert of pistachio and custard heaven. They were happy to offer me a vegetarian alternative in the form of mushroom risotto as both HD and I happily ditched starters for the dreamy dessert.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

We struggled a bit to flag a waiter (they were swamped and only twompeople seemd to be lookign after the very full room) and while tables around us were served (and offered bread rolls and wine) it took a little longer for us to hail a waiter. Delicious, butter melting bread arrived as did a nice white and red. Then out mains appeared.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

 

HD was a little disappointed in her main (we had heard rumor this might be the case) with the portion size being delicate and of a middling temperature. My mushroom risotto was fine, but nothing to write home about.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

 

Now after all of this we eagerly awaited our deserts. And the deserts restored our faith. They were light, fluffy, amazingly flavored and the perfect blend of warm and and cool. Yum! We ended up grabbing our coffees to go (as did those around us). Am glad I have been and for $35 it was great value for a meal in such a pretty venue.

Am hoping to take up this great offer as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival a few more times so maybe I will bump into you at one of these lovely establishments?

 

PS – happy L’Oreal Mellbourne Fashion Week launch as well!

 
Bistro Vue on Urbanspoon

 

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